Malcolm Marshall

Country: West Indies
Born: April 18, 1958, Bridgetown, Barbados
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler
Died: November 04, 1999, Bridgetown, Barbados, (aged 41y 200d)

Malcolm Marshall Bio

Malcolm Denzil Marshall was born on April 18, 1958, in Bridgetown, Barbados. He was one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, known for his exceptional pace, accuracy, and ability to swing and cut the ball. Standing at 5ft 11in, Marshall was not physically imposing, but he made up for it with his natural balance, athleticism, and relentless determination.

Marshall’s cricketing journey began at a young age, learning the game from his grandfather and playing in the streets and beaches of Barbados. He started as a batsman but soon discovered his talent for bowling. He made his first-class debut for Barbados at the age of 19 but had to wait until December 1978 to make his Test debut for the West Indies against India in Bangalore.

Although Marshall did not make an immediate impact at the international level, he impressed enough to earn a contract with Hampshire in English county cricket. He spent the 1979 season with Hampshire but missed some matches due to his participation in the World Cup. However, it was during the 1980 tour of England that Marshall truly showcased his talents.

Marshall’s breakthrough performance came at Manchester, where he was instrumental in causing a collapse of seven wickets for 24 runs. It was during this series that he established himself as the premier fast bowler in the world. Batsmen feared facing Marshall due to his ability to produce telling bounce despite his ordinary height. He was known for his skiddy bowling style, impeccable control of outswing, and the ability to deliver intimidating short-pitched deliveries.

Throughout his career, Marshall produced numerous standout performances. In 1983, he played a crucial role in avenging West Indies’ World Cup final defeat to India, taking 33 wickets in the six-match Test series. In the same year, he broke Mike Gatting’s nose and asserted his dominance in the international arena.

One of Marshall’s most memorable feats occurred in 1984 at Headingley, where he demonstrated unbelievable resilience and skill. After breaking his left thumb while fielding, Marshall batted one-handed to support Larry Gomes in reaching his century. In the same match, he took 7 for 53, showcasing his ability to play through pain and lead his team to victory.

Marshall’s prowess extended beyond his bowling skills. He was a capable batsman, often making vital contributions with the bat. His career-best score of 92 against India in 1983-84 and seven first-class centuries highlighted his ability to be effective as an all-rounder.

Throughout his career, Marshall achieved remarkable statistics. His strike rate of 46.22 was phenomenal, and his bowling average of 20.95 remains unmatched by any bowler who has taken 200 Test wickets. He played 81 Test matches, collecting a total of 376 wickets, a West Indian record at the time.

Sadly, Malcolm Marshall passed away on November 4, 1999, at the age of 41, after battling cancer. His death shook the cricketing world, and his fellow professionals mourned the loss of a remarkable player and person. Marshall’s legacy as one of the greatest fast bowlers in history lives on, and his skills, determination, and professionalism continue to inspire generations of cricketers.

Malcolm Marshall Career Stats

Malcolm Marshall Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 81 107 11 1810 92 18.85 - - 0 10 - 18 25 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 136 83 19 955 66 14.92 1246 76.64 0 2 - - 15 0
FC 408 516 73 11004 120* 24.83 - - 7 54 - - 145 0
List A 440 285 60 3795 77 16.86 - - 0 8 - - 68 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Malcolm Marshall Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 81 151 17584 7876 376 7/22 11/89 20.94 2.68 46.7 19 22 4
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 136 134 7175 4233 157 4/18 4/18 26.96 3.53 45.7 6 0 0
FC 408 - 74645 31548 1651 8/71 - 19.1 2.53 45.2 - 85 13
List A 440 - 22332 12358 521 5/13 5/13 23.71 3.32 42.8 20 4 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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